Queensland will declare the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s north as a COVID hotspot with residents from there to be barred from entering the Sunshine State.
It comes after the COVID cluster in Melbourne’s north grew to nine on Tuesday with five additional cases.
Anyone entering Queensland, including returning residents, who have been in the City of Whittlesea local government area since May 11 will be forced to do 14 days hotel quarantine from 1am on Wednesday.
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Anyone entering Queensland from anywhere in Victoria will be required to fill in a border pass from 1am on Thursday.
People who have been in the City of Whittlesea LGA will be turned away at the border from that time unless they have an exemption.
Queensland will also ban anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne since May 11 from visiting aged care facilities, prisons, hospitals or disability accommodation.
Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says today’s new cases in Victoria meant they needed to take action.
“Acting quickly matters,” she said.
“These situations are always evolving, but we know the next few days are critical in suppressing the risk of the virus spreading.
“Further restrictions may be required,” Dr Young said.
Anyone who has been to an exposure site in Victoria is being urged to get tested immediately and quarantine.
Queenslanders are also being urged to reconsider their need to travel to Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne.
For a full list of Victorian exposure sites click here – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites